Musically, Clean falls right in line with Steinhart's previous releases, a collection of richly textured sing-along gems that combine wistful melodies with cheeky irreverence and bite. (So up and bury me in my new SUV/Waiting For That Ride). The ability to be cynical and charming at the same time, has become his trademark of sorts and is perhaps one of the reasons his career and artistry have endured for nearly two decades.
Steinhart first gained recognition in the 80's as the driving force, along with his brother Jeff, behind L.A.'s Pop Art. He has since been a mainstay on alternative and college radio through his various musical ventures. After five releases in as many years, Pop Art broke up and David released two solo cds. In 1993, he formed Smart Brown Handbag dubbed by Playboy as a super-smart pop trio. . .full of lyrically precious, melodically sharp songs. The band, which consists of vocalist/guitarist Steinhart, bassist Cindy Albon (who played with Ethan James and spent five years as a member of Coat), and drummer Slim Glogovac (Sex With Lurch, Trotsky Icepick) has released six albums since its inception.
An L.A. native, Steinhart founded his own label, Stonegarden Records in 1984, and has since created a niche for his music as well as for other like-minded artists who steer clear of the alternative trap to create supple, murky-free pop.